Hack 70. Create a new user

Add a new user – Basic method

Specify only the user name.

# useradd jsmith

Add a new user with additional Parameter

You can also specify the following parameter to the useradd

  • -c : Description about the user.
  • -e : expiry date of the user in mm/dd/yy format
# adduser -c "John Smith - Oracle Developer" -e 12/31/09 jsmith

Verify that the user got added successfully.

# grep jsmith /etc/passwd
jsmith:x:510:510:John Smith - Oracle Developer:/home/jsmith:/bin/bash

Change the user password.

# passwd jsmith

Changing password for user jsmith.
New UNIX password:
BAD PASSWORD: it is based on a dictionary word
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.

How to identify the default values used by useradd?

Following are the default values that will be used when an user is created.

# useradd –D


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